barber pole

or barber's pole


noun
  1. a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.

Origin of barber pole

1
First recorded in 1675–85

Words Nearby barber pole

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How to use barber pole in a sentence

  • So he laid aside his valise and barber-pole crutch and got ready to go down in the hole, which wasn't very big.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
  • "I will," said the rabbit, and then he hopped on with his valise and his red-white-and-blue-striped-barber-pole crutch.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
  • But Uncle Wiggily hit the bad bird with his barber-pole crutch, and the hawk flew away, flopping his wings and tail.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
  • Almost at the end of the next block there was a barber-pole with its stripes running round.

    A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • The world swam round so that Charles was minded to clutch the barber-pole, but he bethought himself in time that it was dusty.

    A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas